An astounding amount of support for the recently detained sexist social media celebrity can be discovered if you search Andrew Tate’s name on social media.
It turns out, though, that a sizable part of the support comes from fake bot accounts.
4,621 fake Twitter accounts that supported Tate were discovered, according to the Center for Countering Digital Hate.
Tate, who is now being held without bail in Romania, has been promoted 15,202 times on Twitter by automated accounts.
For their involvement in an organised crime ring, rape, and human trafficking, Tate, his brother, and two women were detained.
It appeared that Tate’s support surged in the weeks that followed, mainly due to the bots.
The bots sent out a large number of tweets with the hashtags “#freetopG,” “#freetate,” “#freeandrewtate,” or “#freetates,” and 30 percent of the 50,479 tweets reviewed that used those hashtags were sent between December 29, 2022 (the day of Tate’s arrest), and January 9, 2023.
If an account had 10 followers or fewer and was older than three months, it was considered “fake.”
The usernames for the accounts frequently contained Tate-related terms like “cobra,” “Top G,” and “Neo.”
Tate’s online presence last year was mostly a result of an affiliate marketing plan including Hustlers University, Tate’s discord server.
Later, this was taken down as Tate’s deplatforming on social media started.
More than 200,000 people were registered on the Hustlers University 2.0 site, according to a BuzzFeed News investigation.
At $49.99 monthly dues, that meant just in October 2022, membership fees brought in at least $11 million.
The CCDH’s findings serve as a crucial reminder that not everything you read online is true.
According to numerous studies, fake news travels more quickly than real news because of bot accounts.